Why Should I Outsource To You And Not Hire An Employee?
There are a couple of reasons why outsourcing could have more benefits than bringing in an employee.
Money – you pay me for my time spent on your business. That is all. You don’t pay me for my holidays or when I’m sick, you don’t pay me for my lunch breaks, you don’t have the employers cost of Tax, NI or pension contributions. The only cost you have with me is for the work I do for you.
Flexibility – maybe you don’t have ENOUGH to justify bringing in an employee at this stage. Outsourcing gives you the flexibility to get what you want done, when you need it – you’re not tied to providing 20 hours worth of work per week to an employee.
Convenience – there is no tricky HR or employment laws to take up your time. I give you a contract, you sign if you’re happy, then we crack on.
What Kind Of Things Does A VA Do?
VA’s are a rare breed. Each one of us has a different skill set to offer. The only skill each and every VA shares is the ability to to help.
We’re a helpful bunch by nature. Check out my Work With Me Page to see how I can help you.
What Happens If You Have To Learn On The Job?
As a VA, I am continuously learning. Learning new systems, learning new ways of doing things better and faster, learning how your business works, learning how YOU work.
If I have to learn a new system or skill to enable me to provide you with the best possible service – I make allowances for that. If something is going to take me a bit longer because I haven’t done it before – I don’t overcharge. I’m a fast learner and will adjust my invoice accordingly.
What Do You, As My VA, Need From Me?
The biggest requirements I have of you as my client are Honesty, Trust, and Realistic Expectations.
When we’re starting out, I need you to speak up! If you’re not happy with how something is being done, I need to know in order to correct and move forward in a positive direction. You will struggle to cause me any offence!
I need you to provide me with all the information I need to do a good job for you. Your business is unique to you, and new to me. I’m intuitive and proactive, but I don’t have a crystal ball (yet), so you need to be clear on what your requirements are.
I also need you to trust. I know it’s hard to let go of tasks in the business you’ve worked so hard to build up – I totally get that! But in order for you to get the most out of having a VA on board, you need to relax a little bit, trust I’m more than capable of doing what you need me to do (if I wasn’t, I would tell you and wouldn’t agree to the task – I wouldn’t waste your time!) and start delegating! It’s ok to delegate, you don’t have to do it all on your own! You can check out my Ramblings here on why I treat your business as my own and the freedom letting go can bring you!
You need to have realistic expectations – I’m just me. I’m great at what I do, and I do it with endless enthusiasm, but sometimes I can’t just drop everything to respond to you immediately, I have other clients. You are absolutely my top priority in my business and you can read here about how I make sure all of my clients are my top priority. I do have a minimum 48 hour turn-around period – and where I can, I will help you out as quickly as I can when you need me, but it may not always be instant.
What Are Your Working Hours And Where Do You Work?
I work from home, usually. I occasionally pack up my laptop and head off for a change of scenery.
My working hours vary, I tend to work mornings and nights. I have three kids, so my afternoons are generally consumed by them.
If you need me at a particular time, with enough notice, I can usually make that work for you.
How Do I Know If You're The Right VA For Me?
The trick in hiring the right VA for you is in the connection. Trust your gut. If you’re looking through my website right now, wondering about the possibility of hiring a VA, get in touch! Communicate! Ask Questions!
I’m positive, enthusiastic and sometimes my energy and excitement just isn’t for everybody, I’m OK with that, but it does mean that my working relationships with the right clients are absolutely fantastic and so productive.